Side Lock Pocketknife for Hunting and Fishing - 7-3/4" - Unfinished Kit
Use this WoodRiver® Side Lock Pocketknife Kit to create a one-of-a-kind knife that you will be proud to show or to give as an impressive gift. The 3-1/4"-long blade is constructed from 3Cr13 (420SS) stainless steel (HRC52-54 hardness), which has been hollow ground and polished to a...
Use this WoodRiver® Side Lock Pocketknife Kit to create a one-of-a-kind knife that you will be proud to show or to give as an impressive gift. The 3-1/4"-long blade is constructed from 3Cr13 (420SS) stainless steel (HRC52-54 hardness), which has been hollow ground and polished to a satin finish. Kit comes equipped with a thumb stud for smooth opening and a pocket clip for easy carrying. Shape, mount and finish your custom handle for a truly unique knife. Complete instructions included.
- Use this kit to create a unique, high-quality knife
- Metalworking tools or bladesmithing expertise to craft the blade not required
- Blade has been hollow ground and polished to a satin finish
- Equipped with thumb stud and pocket clip
- Overall Length: 7-3/4"
- Closed Length: 4-1/2"
- Blade Length: 3-1/4"
- Blade Construction: 3Cr13 (420SS) stainless steel
- (1) Blade
- (2) Screws
- (1) Complete instructions
- Knife scale / handle material sold separately.
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Pocketknives – Bygone Era or Everyday Essential?
At one time, every man in America worth a nickel had a pocketknife on him. “You never know when you might need it” was the philosophy, and a man always wanted to be prepared for any situation. There are still plenty of folks out there who consider a pocketknife as critical as a cell phone.
Nice looking knife—if challenging to make
This one requires a bit of effort to do well. First point—you absolutely need all the tools beforehand, including a small star/hex screwdriver. Also need a small bench belt sander like the Rikon. The metal parts and blade are well-tooled. The double-bolster looks awesome, but is tricky to finesse. The included template is not great—needs to be fine-tuned at the least. I put a piece of paper on top and went over it with a pencil like making a gravestone tracing and used that to cut a new template. I always cut 1/64-/1/32” proud of the template and then sand down to fit. (I always sand the end profile before gluing the scales on so that I don’t risk scratching the bolsters with the sanding process.) Slightly bevel the ends so that you can push it in place easier. A small bit of fettling with the sander or a file to get it right. If you’re concerned about a small gap, you can use a little colored epoxy on the ends to make it less noticeable. A friend suggested making an epoxy template and using a router to reproduce new scales to fit, but I think that is too much work unless you’re literally making dozens of these. Anyway, this one would certainly give beginners fits, but a quality kit that does look super-awesome once you’re finished.
Going in the garbage
I can't for the life of me get the scales to match the shape needed to fit onto the handle. I have tried several times using various methods and I'm not even close. The template in the instructions is not the right shape at all. I'll keep the knife in a drawer somewhere in case I find CNC or Laser cutting plans for the right shape but I'm done wasting my own time and energy trying to figure it out.
Nice knife but the template is not correct
I have made several kit knives, almost all from Woodcraft. This one was a challenge for me with the scrolling type cuts at both ends of the scales. Getting it to fit nice and snug is a challenge. The template that comes with it was little help. I ended up making my own template by building up several layers of tape and then applying to the wood to cut out. It wasn't as close as I would like so ended up using some epoxy that I stained with black dye as a filler to meet the bolsters more closely. I have another one to make and am not looking forward to it!
Pivot is too tight
This is solidly built knife kit. Looks nice when it's done. My only issue is that the pivot cannot be adjusted - and mine was too tight to open with one hand. I tried to adjust the pivot with the correct drivers but it did not work. Also tried heating - all to no avail and gradually the pivot screws stripped. I tried to extract them, but finally gave up. I have cut the frame apart to save the beautiful stag scales I made; and ordered another kit. Hopefully it won't be so tight but if so I guess I will live with it.
My kit came with a tool that will remove the clip and also tighten the screws which go in each scale. Everything seems to be good quality. I'll buy more of these.
Great kit knives
The overall average on this has to come up. IMO, no one should give a one star review because they didn't get tools with their (obviously) unfinished kit order. It is a good and solid product. As to the one star review, both of the units I purchased came with the appropriate micro bits. In any case I bought a tool for this a few years ago for other knife kits. One of these knives is going to be a thank you to a guy who donated some left over fairly exotic South American flooring planks. (I've forgotten the species.) Looking forward to doing the kit.
Great quick project - awesome knife!
I bought two kits for a father son project...and I'm happy with the final result. I cut the wood sides on my xcarve CNC using 1/8" mohogany wood. Unfortunately, I did not have the needed micro hex required to remove the tiny screws, but fortunately I found that a screw driver from an early Ring doorbell worked perfectly! Otherwise, you will probably have to buy the needed driver bit, which I measured right around 1.5mm. The Woodcraft instructions have you cut slightly oversized sides for the knife. I'm lazy, so I used the suggested cut outline and modeled it as an SVG and used my CNC to cut it. But you can easily cut this by hand with a coping saw. Here is a link to my CNC cutting project and SVG file: https://www.inventables.com/projects/woodriver-pocketknife-item-163955
Is it possble to get the drawing for the knife scales alone?
I was wondering about get a cnc compatible drawing for the scale? It would speed up the time to make the several Christmas gifts I am making. I can convert the drawing just saves time. Roydan
Don't Buy Unless You Have Micro Hex
Thought this would be a nice practical knife to make for myself. First, the screws require a micro hex key. I had to order a kit and hopefully will find the right size! Why doesn't Woodcraft include it? You need to remove the pocket clip to make the job easier and the smallest hex key I have is a 1.5mm, too big! Now I have to buy additional hex keys just for this project! Also, the guide they include for cutting out the wood blanks doesn't fit the knife worth a darn! I had to use some stiff paper and trace my own. Poor thought and planning for this knife!
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